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Pottery/clay figure

Post by kgldsun on May 30th 2016, 7:22 am

Found many many years ago. It's seemingly ordinary pottery of a foreign dressed person. Could anybody identify it please? One leg is broke.
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Post by r-and-f on May 30th 2016, 9:21 am

Terracotta figurine. Difficult to tell without handling it but it could possibly be ancient Roman or even ancient Greek. Suggest you take it to a local museum for identification.
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Post by kgldsun on May 30th 2016, 10:43 am

After closer inspection just today, I notice up through the legs is metal? Not to sure how to post a photo on a reply sorry
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Post by dantheman on May 30th 2016, 11:57 am

how could clay around metal survive a firing?

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Post by debbie32 on May 30th 2016, 12:35 pm

perhaps an armature underneath some of the low temp clays available - so maybe not so old?
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Post by NaomiM on May 30th 2016, 1:23 pm

If the metal is completely rusted through then it could be very old and a museum like the Museum of London or York would be your best bet. If not, then it may be a tourist piece, although it could still be antique - 18th-19thC - from the Grand Tour. If the metal looks very fresh, then more likely a 20thC tourist piece

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Post by kgldsun on May 30th 2016, 8:05 pm

Hope this picture helps from upside down. One leg has a hole where it seems metal has been. The other is still there as its a sharp piece and rusted around. The inner material seems more like concrete.
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Post by dantheman on May 30th 2016, 9:13 pm

ah that explain it,the figure was made hollow then filled with gunk to hold the rods in place so the figure could be mounted in a standing position on a base.

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Post by dantheman on May 30th 2016, 9:16 pm

the dress and face look Indian to me

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Re: Pottery/clay figure

Post by Mordeep on May 31st 2016, 3:45 pm

Hi everyone

Thought I would throw my two cents in. Although it's possible I don't think the rusted metal or the concrete like material are original to the item. What I think looks like a Indian sari is a toga and it's from some place in the Roman empire

Without an expert handling it you will never know if it is a 19th century tourist copy that would have been mounted on a plinth for display. Or it's about 2000 years old and someone in the 19th century dug it up mounted it on a plinth for display. Both are options. It could of course be from the India but it has a look about that I would connect with the virgin Mary and that look comes from Greek/Roman god images and statues (that of course the Indians did also).

Don't worry about the damage these things are never perfect and don't worry about the later additions. The Victorians had no respect for keeping things original. Take all the white statues in London museums for instance. They all had traces of paint or were even still painted until the Victorians thought they looked better white and stripped it all off. So people kind of expect it.

If you have the time get it looked at by an expert I think you may be surprised by its insurance value Most Excellent
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